So remember when they announced that the original cut of the film was so intense that the MPAA gave it an R-rating and Spielberg had to use his powers to give it a borderline PG-13 rating? I wonder what was all that talk about? Because the only thing that struck me as getting an R-rating was the Skorponok and Blackout scenes which made up a total of 11 minutes of the 2 hour and 20 minutes that is the movie. But everything else was quite tame. The Blackout scene could've gotten it the R-rating cuz of the high body count even though we didn't see anything but since they did mention that there were no survivors, that means there was quite a few military personnel dead. And as for the Skorponok scene, it was basically the impaling of one of the soldiers with Skorponok's tail and the visceral swinging around of him and also the brief scenes of bodies being thrown violently about when missilles exploded in the areas around them. I don't really see what was the big deal and the huge media explosion of how the MPAA could possibly say that just cuz of those 2 scenes, the movie has to be rated R unless there is a director's cut which we don't know about. I know the MPAA has very specific rules about body counts and death scenes. I wonder how "intense" the original cut really was?